By James Masango MP, DA Mpumalanga Provincial Leader:
The DA in Mpumalanga tonight retained its ward with an overwhelming majority during a by-election held in Ward 17 (Nelsville and Steiltes) of the Mbombela local municipality.
The ward became vacant after former ward councillor, Werner Le Grange, accepted a position as the Provincial Managing Director of the DA in Mpumalanga where he is primarily based in Middelburg.
The DA received 92% of the vote, up from 86.33% in 2013. Voter turnout for the DA has also increased from 2008 votes in 2013 to 2365 today. This result demonstrates the continued faith voters have in the DA’s ability to ensure continued quality and decent service delivery to residents.
For the first time the DA also increased its percentage at Nelsville voting station from 31% in 2013 by-election to 54% today. This station has been dominated by the ANC.
More and more voters are taking back their power and are voting for a party that puts them first. The DA, guided by its values of freedom, fairness and opportunity will continue to work tirelessly in Ward 17 and across the entire province until each and every citizen of Mpumalanga experiences the DA’s drive.
This is also a clear indication that the people of Mpumalanga are increasingly pledging their support to the DA and are losing faith in the ANC.
The DA is South Africa’s most diverse party and increasingly the party of choice for South Africans who want to see change. While we continue to grow the ANC continues to get smaller.
We wish our newly elected ward councillor, Sanley van der Merwe, the greatest success, and have full confidence that she will continue to deliver on the DA’s values to the community that she elected to serve.